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Beyond two-spirit: Indigenous people look to revive traditional LGBTQ terms

Sep 07, 2023 09:17AM ● By Content Editor
Photo: The two-spirit flag. (CBC News)

By Louise BigEagle - CBC News - September 7, 2023

In recent decades, many LGBTQ Indigenous people have begun using the umbrella phrase "two-spirit," while others are embracing terms from their own nations, in their own languages.

Traditionally, two-spirit people in Indigenous communities would fulfill various roles in society, and this still holds true in some places. Two-spirit people were caretakers of children and the elderly, medicine people, matchmakers, treaty negotiators, beaders and dancers.

Colonialism then introduced the idea that there are only two genders.

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